Thursday, 9 November 2006

Immigration email doing the rounds.

I recieved the following email from a friend. This is very similar to one that originated in Australia some time ago that I read. Whatever its origin, I have a lot of sympathy with its sentiments, and am very tired of those that continually take offence or look for offence in many of our cultural and Christian traditions. And as the great great grandson of immigrants - I am certainly not anti - immigrant!!

* After many cities not wanting to offend other cultures by putting up Christmas lights.
* After hearing of a Primary School in Birmingham where a boy was told that for PE they could wear Football League shirts (Aston Villa, Birmingham, West Brom etc) but NOT an England shirt as it could offend others!
Published in a British tabloid newspaper.
I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture.
Since the terrorist attacks on London, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Brits.
However, the dust from the attacks has barely settled and the "politically correct" crowd begin complaining about the possibility that our patriotism is offending others.
I am not against immigration, nor do I hold a grudge against anyone who is seeking a better life by coming to Britain.
However, there are a few things that those who have recently come to our country, and apparently some born here, need to understand.
This idea of London being a multicultural community has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity.
As Britons, we have our own culture, our own society, our own language and our own lifestyle.
This culture has been developed over centuries of wars, struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom.
We speak ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language.
Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society, Learn the language!
"In God We Trust" is our National Motto.
This is not some Christian, right wing, political slogan.
We adopted this motto because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented.
It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools.
If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, Because God is part of our culture.
If St. George's cross offends you, or you don't like " A Fair Go", then you should seriously consider a move to another part of this planet.
We are happy with our culture and have no desire to change, and we really don't care how you did things where you came from.
This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this.
But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our National Motto, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great British freedom, "THE RIGHT TO LEAVE".
If you aren't happy here then leave!
We didn't force you to come here.
You asked to be here.
So accept the country YOU accepted.
Pretty easy really, when you think about it.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dear Cllr Clifford,

Its is very easy to say i agree with you about your article. But i will try to explain my desicions with some experience of mine.
I am an asian woman who lives in the west part of middle east.In my country we have lots of foreign people from all around the world.
Couple of years ago i was working for an english school. There was an American lady working for us who is denying to learn our language and culture. Therefore she was having lots of problems in her daily and working life.She was complaining very much and her words were as sharp as a knife!It was hurting us badly and annoying us terribly. When we ask why you are here she was getting upset saying sorry to us.
This is just an extreme example maybe! We also have different kind of minorities here, coming from other middle east countries to have a better life here. And they dont wanna learn language and culture. They just want a better life with their own small world around them. No adaptation no entegration!Thats why my country's extreme nationalist made up a saying in late 90's "Love It or Leave It" And it became a motto now.
Strange!! Whether they are in the east or west the problems are always same even if we all think we are different people.

Best Regards

PS:I am sorry for my English please dont forget its not my mother language.And i did my best.